The bird having flown is an allusion to the marijuana smoke having floated away, so he lights another joint.
Also the line "she once had me" means "she had him at hello", as one might say, and also that she cheated or deceived him (to be had) -- he thought he was going to have sex with her.
In 1987 on a work trip to Norway, I cut a small branch off a tree stripped the bark. The best comment on this entire was by Andrew from Philadelphia, who advises everyone to listen to the lyrics more closely.
Still have it as an ornament and conversation piece. Bernard 'Buddy' Rich passed away on April 2nd, 1987 at the age of 69... The line, as sung, is "So, I lit the fire..." It is not "So, I lit a fire..." All the controversy about this song comes from mis-hearing one little word.
" Personally, I would have called in sick; very poor judgement on her part! I don't think that he meant he was going to burn down the apartment, although if Paul mentioned the idea and said, "that would be just like you, John, if she turned you down, you'd burn down the place" I think John would like the triple meaning (1. Just because it is about an affair doesn't mean that he is describing any exact occurances (he is just releasing his thoughts about an affair) The song is about a guy and a girl who want to have sex but neither want to make the first move since its an affiar.
" I told her I didn't, and crawled off to sleep in the bath." He obviously does not have to get up and go to work in the morning, as he is John Lennon, and can go to work (or not), usually either later in the day, or whenever he feels like it, but he leaves the bed because he realizes she is saying she does not want him waking her to have sex again, as she has to get up soon for work. He says "the bath", like "the couch", or not with her. She drops hints (she asked him to stay)so he'll make the first move, but he holds out waiting for her to make the first move.
If you guys have seen twin peaks and been to the state of Washington , there you have the Norwegian style of cabins.
She realizes it's getting late, she really is very interested, and is trying to get him to kiss her/have sex with her. "She told me she worked in the morning, and started to laugh." Exactly that! maybe I meant she turned me down and I torched the place! One day I will ask him, and then I will know if I was right or not! The song has got to be about an affair if Lennon said it himself in Rolling Stone.